Groundbreaking Judge Found Dead in Hudson River

The NYPD is investigating the death of a New York Court of Appeals judge.

The body of 65-year-old Sheila Abdus-Salaam was found on the shore of the Hudson River on Wednesday near West 132nd Street.  Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Abdus-Salaam in 2013, making her the first African American woman ever to sit on New York’s highest court.

“Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam was a trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement.

There were no signs of trauma to her body and police said there is no indication of criminality.  It’s not clear how she ended up in the river.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies to her family, loved ones and colleagues during this trying and difficult time,” Cuomo said.

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